It is a great privilege for Aratoi to host the exhibition of your wonderful portraits. I had asked the Te Papa tour manager to put me in contact with you, but did not get response so I apologise for this late note, thanks to Hugo. Te Papa delegation including kaumatua, collection managers and conservator will arrive at 11.30am today. I have coordinated a pohiri with our local Iwi Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitane; our Board member Huria Robens is a descendant of Retimana Te Korou (Rangatira who sold land to create Masterton) – Lindauer painted his portrait and that of his daughter, Irihapeti Whakamaru. Bearing the moko kauae, the portait and Huria with her students will be in the gallery to welcome the crates and after pohiri we will have morning tea. Hugo Manson has kindly offered to speak on your behalf and help with the event this morning.
We will let the crates acclimatise in the gallery for 24 hours then start installing Tues afternoon and Wednesday for the public opening on Friday 10am. We have a large group (4-5 busloads of out of town visitors) all day on Friday.
We hope this finds you well and look forward to sharing installation shots and keep you posted with media + PR.
All Best Wishes,